The automation of plastic products is commonly high volume / low cost components meaning that in order to be competitive, clients need to reduce manpower to very low levels. The cost of automation is commonly amortised by the inclusion of added value processes, such as basic assembly, printing, labelling, vision inspection and quality control.
Robotics are often seen as the answer to all plastics processing, from simple Cartesian de-moulding robots, to side-entry high speed robots and fully-loaded 6 axis robots. Robotics hardware continues to become ever more cost-effective, with simpler user interfaces, higher capabilities and a wider range of systems.
At Automa8 we work closely with our clients, we ask probing questions to fully understand all of the needs and deliver highly robust recommendations on the most suitable equipment available. Independent advice provided by a genuine expert in the automation of plastic products, means your decision making won’t be steered to a ‘best offer’ or ‘highest margin product’. Instead you’ll be advised on the right mix for your business requirements, considering budgets and associated risks.
Some of the typical questions clients frequently ask us:
- Is automation right for this application?
- How much will automation cost us and how fast can it be?
- Which supplier should we choose?
- What’s more suitable, multi-cavity or multi-tool?
- Should we adopt in-line processing or in-line buffers?
- Do we use a simple gantry or 6 axis robot for de-moulding?
- Should we use adhesive labels or in-mold labelling [IML]?
- What is the right marking option – laser, tampo, percussion, or inkjet?
- What can be found at inspection and who should we use?
We can provide comprehensive and well-informed answers to all of your questions. Your dedicated automation consultant will deliver a service that is tailored to your individual needs – whether that be a single day’s consultancy support or a longer-term project booking. We are on-hand to efficiently provide either indicative project costs or more detailed proposals and can work closely with your team to help choose the best-fit supplier for your automation project.
Automation of plastic products is a specialist process – Automa8’s unbiased, expert advice and guidance will help to ensure you make the right decisions for your business and help you achieve the best results possible.
For further insight into our widespread experience within the automation of plastic products or to find out more about the services that we provide, please contact us.